Angry Chelsea Overrun Swansea
• Liverpool, Man United, Spurs Celebrate
CHELSEA extended their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to five points after hammering an abject Swansea City 5-0 away from home.
Liverpool increased the pressure on Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert by beating his struggling side to secure a third away league win in succession, just as Marouane Fellaini and and James Wilson scored second-half goals as Manchester United beat QPR at Loftus Road.
Chelsea led after just 50 seconds thanks to Oscar’s 18-yard strike, before Diego Costa scored twice in 15 first-half minutes.
Oscar completed his brace moments later, before Andre Schurrle finished the rout in the second-half. Swansea, who stay in ninth place, are now winless in four league games.
The threat of a pre-match protest by Villa fans did not materialise but the home side went behind when Fabio Borini prodded in a Jordan Henderson cross.
Christian Benteke had a chance to level but his powerful strike was saved.
The Reds survived a number of scares before striker Rickie Lambert arrowed in an 18-yard shot to secure victory.
In an even first half in the game between QPR and Manchester United, Radamel Falcao forced a fine save from QPR keeper Rob Green before Charlie Austin drew a fine stop from David De Gea.
Substitute Fellaini put United in front with a powerful strike after being teed up by Antonio Valencia.
Falcao twice came close to converting Wilson centres before the latter made it 2-0 in the last minute.
Christian Eriksen’s late goal kept up Tottenham’s Champions League push as Sunderland debutant Jermain Defoe was beaten on his White Hart Lane return.
Jan Vertonghen’s deflected shot gave Spurs an early advantage.
But former Spurs striker Defoe, who signed for Sunderland from Toronto FC on Friday, won the free-kick from which Sebastian Larsson equalised.
Harry Kane hit the post for Spurs, but Eriksen struck with two minutes to go from Andros Townsend’s square pass.
Aston Villa 0 – 2 Liverpool
Burnley 2 – 3 Crystal Palace
Leicester 0 – 1 Stoke
QPR 0 – 2 Man Utd
Swansea 0 – 5 Chelsea
Tottenham 2 – 1 Sunderland